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A look into the life, music and community work of the Hot 8 Brass Band.

A look into the life, music and community work of the Hot 8 Brass Band, a group of New Orleans musicians committed to supporting each other, sharing and sustaining their cultural history and engaging their community.

The music and community work of the Hot 8 Brass Band trumpets the powerful history, joy and triumph of a city and its people. This film documents their work, not only as popular local, national and international artists, but also as cultural workers using New Orleans music and parading traditions to engage young people in movements for social change. Even in the face of deeply personal struggles in response to Hurricane Katrina and devastating violence, these musicians and committed community members march on. The band and their collaborators have been working on this documentary for seven years. Now, with the support of several filmmakers, producers and organizers, we are in the home stretch. All we need now is you.

THE TEAM:

Omo Moses - Omo Moses is the current director and founding member of the Young People’s Project (YPP), a non-profit organization that seeks to “organize young people to radically change their education and the way they relate to it.” He attended Pittsburgh and George Washington Universities on full athletic scholarships. Founded in 1996, YPP is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Jackson, Mississippi, and Chicago, Illinois and works with high school and college students to utilize mathematics as a tool for personal and community transformation. YPP evolved out of the Algebra Project, which in turn grew out of the civil rights activism of the Algebra Project’s founder and winner of the MacArthur Foundation’s Genius Award, Robert P. Moses, Omo’s father.

iin Purwanti Cox - was born in Surakarta in central Java, Indonesia. In a place where opportunity and resources are sometimes scarce, iin found ways to create opportunity on her own. Before the age of 30 iin was able to find educational funding for 21 children in her community, build a radio station for tsunami survivors, and organize a play for empowering and educating women. Drawn to filmmaking while working in human rights, iin then used media as a way to contribute to social change. Her short documentary Dance of Life, in which an acclaimed ballerina loses mobility due to a degenerative nerve disease, won an award at the 2008 CUNY Asian American Film Festival, the 2009 City University Film Festival and was screened at the Festival Film Dokumenter 2008 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Her current thesis film, Residue was awarded the Journey award at City Visions Film Festival in New York City.

George Cox -  After spending his high school years making videos with his friends, George went to Boston where he studied sound and video at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. While working in advertising, George edited a variety of stuff, from Dunkin Donuts ads to Discovery Channel content. Throughout this time he continued to make his own short films and in 2004 his short film “I Oversee the Maintenance of a Tool Shed” was screened at the Nashville Film Festival and the Syracuse international Film festival. In 2007, George also edited, and co-directed a documentary shot by young people about hurricane Katrina survivors called “Finding our Folk.” This film won Audience Awards at the New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival, and the Boston International Film Festival.

Yusuf Muhammad - A professional with over 13 years experience in coordinating, managing, and producing a diverse range of media; employs a “make it happen” approach, familiarity with cutting-edge industry trends, and efficient use of current technologies, combined with firm experience in constantly adjusting to accommodate the real-time shifts of filmmaking, while focusing a keen eye on detail and budget.

Yassin Shabazz- After graduating from Clark Atlanta University Film program, Yasin began his career as a grip on film productions in the Atlanta area. In 2001, Yassin began working as a director, director of photography and editor on a variety of projects which in clued music videos, commercials, psa’s and short films. Yassin also worked as a Director and Director of photography on commercials filmed in 47 states for an advertising company based out of Rochester New York. In addition Yassin has directed a feature documentary “Vagabon”

The funds raised through this campaign will help support:

  • travel to New Orleans for our volunteer team of filmmakers to do the final week of filming;
  • sound mix and color correction on the final edit;
  • graphic design for the film and its website.

http://www.hot8brassband.com/#12c/custom_plain

http://www.lovethewoods.com/HOME.html

http://www.typp.org/

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With a group of creative professional involved, we are very confident we will get this project completed. There is no choice not to finish this film because of the important message this film brings.

Potential risks that could delay the project would be:
-Schedule setbacks due to Professional work overloads
-Hot 8 being temporarily unavailable because of a music tour

Outpost and the production team will manage time to create schedules that make sense and keep the project going.

We are going to update the progress of the project on a regular basis to make sure our backers know our production stages and keep us on schedule to get this project done.

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